What Makes a Rembrandt a Rembrandt?

On Sunday, Feb. 19, the Cleveland Museum of Art opens the first major exhibition to explore in depth the collecting of Rembrandt paintings in America. Organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the exhibition takes a look at the artist’s contributions and more importantly, what makes a Rembrandt truly a Rembrandt.

Famous painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, born July 15, 1606, is generally considered one of the greatest painters in European history. Though his life was marked with personal tragedy and financial hardships, his paintings were incredibly popular throughout his time, and to this day Rembrandt is easily recognized for his contributions during the Dutch Golden Age.

Consisting of approximately 50 works, the exhibition brings together autographed paintings by Rembrandt as well as others thought to be by the artist when they entered American collections, but whose attributions can no longer be maintained. The exhibition presents a survey of the long career of Rembrandt as a painter, including his studio and a broader network of adapters, followers and copyists. Rembrandt in America offers the public the rare opportunity to examine the evolving opinions and methods of scholars and collectors regarding what constitutes an autograph Rembrandt painting.

Rembrandt in America begins Feb. 19 and runs through May 28, 2012 in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, $7 for children 6-17 and free for children five and under. Discounted admission is available for groups of ten or more. Email groupsales@cleveland.org for more information or to buy your group’s tickets.

- Corinne Allie


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